I can’t get enough of old cars racing around a track. This year marks the 20th year straight that my Dad and I have been going to watch Historic Winton. I remember being so excited as a kid when I was tall enough to see over the handrail trackside and not have to look through the mesh.
As a last minute project I decided to make the most out of our historic Winton trip by making a seat to give us grandstand views. Let’s call it an upcycle project.
I used everything I had lying around to make the seat. It started with a tyre rack that was once mounted to the front of our car trailer. That was the main frame for the seat. All I had to do to fit it on the back of the Ute was shorten it by 100mm.
From there I welded in some supports to mount the 4×4 timber bearers. They were lying around as well. All I did was tek screw some saddle clamps around the pipe to the timbers. Easy as!
It was fairly uncomfortable with the front edge the way it was so I sawed off 45 degrees off the front and Walla! Now just to weld the backrest in before the fun stuff. I cut an angle iron frame to make up the backrest and footrest.
Winton in may will be wet. So next thing I did was pick some used ball joints off a ford escort to be the adjustable umbrella holders. They were just welded in position. With a couple hours to spare I splashed some black enamel onto the steel. The wet paint will be curing on the trek up to Winton.
There you have it. My temporary grandstand seating. A hefty cost of zero dollars. It sits eye level roughly about 3 Meters off the ground and hopefully we will be able to see one more corner from our long-time favorite spot.
It’s fairly rugged to look at but man it beats a 44 gal drum tipped on its side and cold cheeking it. We will see how it goes, maybe better planning will enable a new design next year. Maybe some cup holders? Seat warmers? What do you guys think?